Who Was Man Of The Match? Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

Match attendance:     86,422   

Who was Man Of The Match?           David Alaba

Ronald Koeman seems to have no luck in El Classico. Since he was appointed at the helm of the team, the Dutch boss has failed to even pick up one point in all three games against Real Madrid. The last one was no different, despite stating that he had no fear of Los Blancos. Blaugrana was still in difficulty to score goals and anticipate Karim Benzema and Co’s attacking scheme.

The home side’s superiority in possession was in vain once Madrid dispossessed them. They charged the swift counter attack leading to the opener through David Alana’s strike to the far post. The game went on with more solid defence from Ancelotti’s men. Lucas Vasquez doubled their lead as the game approached the end. Ronald Koeman’s side could only score a lifeline through Sergio Aguero’s tap in.

Another defeat at home is certainly humiliating and could put a lot of pressure to Koeman again regarding his future in Camp Nou, just like after their loss in Wanda Metropolitano.

The center back David Alaba was eventually named the man of the match in this season’s first El Classico. The Austrian versatile player was mainly involved in keeping Blaugrana’s frontmen fairly quiet before Aguero’s goal. The former Bayern man also netted the opener which certainly helped them secure three points in Camp Nou.

Lets check out Alaba worthy stats:

David Alaba’s Stats:

Rating: 7.28

Minutes played: 90

Pass accuracy %: 92.2

Touches: 60

Goal contribution: 1 goal

Shots (on target): 1(1)

Cross completion: 1

Tackles: 1

Interceptions: 0

Clearances: 2

Blocked shots: 1

From the home side, none was rated higher than seven. Memphis Depay, the highest compared to his teammates, was only rated 6.97. His attempt to penetrate the six yard box and the ability to complete crosses did help his team pose threats. Unfortunately, the former Lyon man did not easily take up false nine role effectively or still lacked of clinical finish against the high-profile teams. The Dutchman is certainly no match to Messi.

Memphis Depay’s Stats:

Rating: 6.97

Minutes played: 90

Pass accuracy %: 84.4

Goal contribution:

Shots (on target): 1

Dribbles: 2

Cross completion: 12

Key Passes: 5

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